Principal Technical Officer - Department of Genetics

South Africa
Feb 07, 2019
Feb 19, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Plant Breeding Laboratory is situated at Welgevallen experimental farm and forms part of the Department of Genetics, Faculty of AgriSciences. The incumbent will function as a technical officer within the research environment and also assist with project management.


Technical management of the plant breeding research complex (Welgevallen):

  • Managing service personnel;
  • Facilitating maintenance of vehicles, as well as all electrical, mechanical, laboratory, seed cleaning, planting and harvesting equipment;
  • Supervising and maintaining glasshouses and growth chambers;
  • Budgeting;
  • Purchasing consumables;
  • Technical assistance in undergraduate and postgraduate student teaching.


Technical and administrative assistance regarding small grain research projects:

  • Assisting with making crosses
  • Assisting with making selections
  • Planting and harvesting  material on several localities
  • Collecting trial data
  • Relationship building with industry partners and producers


Job Requirements:

  • B degree in Plant Breeding or related plant production field with a relevant postgraduate qualification
  • At least ten years' work experience as a technical officer in a plant production environment
  • Experience with the execution of the technical aspects of a modern, conventional plant breeding programme
  • Effective organising ability, as well as administrative and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Knowledge of the small grain industry in the Western Cape
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in Afrikaans and English
  • Valid Code EC driver's licence and PDP



  • Accreditation as a SANSOR seed inspector;
  • Proficiency in the SU central ordering software;
  • Previous experience in a plant breeding laboratory with triticale and/or wheat


Enquiries regarding job content: Willem Botes on 021 808 2637, or at
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753

Closing date: 19 February 2019

Commencement date: 1 April 2019

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the

closing date of the advertised post.


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